Salonen and Mutter to Be Featured With New York Philharmonic

February 16, 2010, 1:00 PM

Salonen and Mutter to Be Featured With New York Philharmonic

By DANIEL J. WAKIN

Update | 3:13 p.m. Esa-Pekka Salonen, the composer and conductor, will lead a three-week festival and the violinist  Anne-Sophie Mutter will be artist in residence at the New York Philharmonic next season, the orchestra said Tuesday in announcing its programming for 2010-2011.

Mr. Salonen and Ms. Mutter, one of the most in-demand international soloists, are the latest additions in the Philharmonic’s effort to add boldface musical — and nonmusical — names to its programming beyond mere solo appearances. Under the new music director, Alan Gilbert, the baritone Thomas Hampson was appointed resident artist this season, the actor Alec Baldwin became the orchestra’s radio voice and the conductor Valery Gergiev is to  lead the orchestra in a Stravinsky festival this spring.

Separately, the beast of renovation has begun to stir. The orchestra’s board of trustees recently formed a committee to consider interim and major long-term restructuring of the orchestra’s home, Avery Fisher Hall, said the Philharmonic’s new chairman, Gary W. Parr. Renovation work has swept through the rest of Lincoln Center, but plans to fix up the acoustically challenged Fisher have stalled since the board approved a proposal in 2005.

In other aspects of the new season, two tours in Europe are planned and Mr. Gilbert will conduct a staged performance of “The Cunning Little Vixen” by Janacek. At a news conference, Mr. Gilbert said the singers would perform in costume on a space at the front of the Avery Fisher Hall stage. His back will be to them, but a video feed will allow them to follow his conducting, Mr. Gilbert said. Douglas Fitch will direct and design the production.

The orchestra will also give the New York premiere of a work by Wynton Marsalis at its opening gala, joined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Philharmonic officials called the piece a large-scale, 40-minute work that has yet to be finished. Lang Lang, the pianist, will take part in an all-Tchaikovsky New Year’s Eve concert. And the orchestra’s new-music series, Contact!, will continue for a second season.

Mr. Salonen, a recent music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will present “Hungarian Echoes,” dedicated to the music of three composers with Hungarian connections: Ligeti, Bartok and Haydn. Ligeti was born in Transylvania to a Hungarian family; Bartok is one of Hungary’s most famous composers; and Haydn long worked for the princely Esterhazy family in the Hungarian wing of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Mr. Gilbert said the festival grew out of Mr. Salonen’s current interest in Bartok’s music.

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